Recycling Your Scrap Silver

I have finally accumulated enough scrap silver from my work that I decided to try melting it down into something I could use! I’ve been wanting some little silver balls to use as embellishments on my work, so I decided to try and make some. I put a tiny pile of scraps and shavings on my charcoal block, and set another block behind it. Then I turned the torch up, and heated the pile by moving the torch in small circles. The silver, once hot enough, began to melt. With continued heat, it pulled together, and formed a ball, all on it’s own! Now, backing up a step, I recommend creating a little divot in your block for the ball to form and rest in….I did not do this at first, and the first ball I made ended up rolling around on the block in its very hot – almost liquid – state. It very easily could have rolled off  – yikes! To view the video I created, visit my facebook fan page HERE!

The balls that form are round on the top, but semi flat on the bottom. This is perfect for me, as it makes it easier to solder onto flat surfaces! I also made a pair of shiny 6mm stud earrings with a pair of closely matched balls – who doesn’t need a pair of these simple beauties!

These little studs will be available during my online trunk show this (late) Saturday night (7th) through Monday evening (9th) in the facebook group Jewelry Designers Open Market!

Feel free to leave a comment and tell me how you use YOUR silver scrap!!!

Stay Creative, Be Inspired~

Heidi @ Azteca Designs Boutique



Yep That’s Me!

Oh my gosh, did I really post this?!  Well good morning to you! I did a very quick, impromptu video demo yesterday, complete with poor lighting, no makeup, and crazy hair – I bet it will make you feel a heck of a lot better today! ;) I’m including it here, just in case you missed it yesterday on my facebook page. If you were wondering how ‘made from scratch’ my feather headpins are….well, here ya go. They start out as a blank sheet of solid copper, and I go from there! I create my own patterns, and each feather is hand cut, notched (the video shows this part of the process), hand stamped, soldered, tumbled, and then my magic patina concoctions are applied and that whole process begins. There is so much time and so many steps to creating one gorgeous little feather – but it is so worth every bit of effort!!!

Reminder: My big sale/auction will be kicking off Friday October 16 and running through Saturday October 17 in my components group!!! Join now, so you don’t miss out!!! Azteca Designs Jewelry Components by Heidi

Have another cup of coffee, take a stroll, run your hand over your furry (or feathered?) friend….all said to be calming and stress-relieving, right? Have a fabulous day, my friends, I will see you around!

Stay creative, be inspired


Magic Is Happening!

Ya’ll, the magic is ON!!!! I gotta take advantage of it while it’s hot, right?! So more of my copper feather headpins and charms are underway! The patina and color I’m getting on these right now is AMAZING!!! You all are going to LOVE these!!! I’ve decided to have another auction/sale on Friday October 16th for these beauties!!! This sale is going to run a bit different than the last one, so don’t freak out. This time, I am going to list several pairs of feather headpins with a starting bid ONLY…no buy it now (bin) option, to give EVERYONE a chance at getting their hands on these! I’ve had lots of sad friends because they weren’t fast enough or missed the sale date completely. I don’t want sad friends, so that’s how we’ll do it this time. The auctions will run through Saturday evening, so if you can’t make it over to my group first thing Friday morning, you will still have a chance to get your bids in!

In other news – We have found a lot/building site in Saratoga that we are super excited about!!!! This coming Saturday we very well might become the new owners of a plot of ground! This is such an exciting new adventure for my husband and I – no, it’s not our ‘dream’ acreage, but it will be the next step to getting TO that dream property, and that’s a HUGE deal!!!  Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us, if you think about it!!! Lots of big changes in the near future!!!

Well, I’m going to enjoy lunch with my hubby (I love it when that happens), then get back to working some patina magic on copper feathers!!!!

You all have a wonderful week – and for those affected by all of that crazy flooding down south, my prayers are with you. Stay safe!!

Be inspired. Stay creative.


Join Azteca Designs Jewelry Components by Heidi to get  your hands on my Copper Feather Headpins and Charms!

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